I am one of those obnoxious people who naturally wakes up early and embraces the day. OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING! As soon as the sun rises, I am awake and ready to do my best work. I put in a full day and never take a nap. My mom says I never napped as a baby much either. After about 4pm my brain starts to freeze and I slowly begin to become comatose. After dinner, I’m basically done. I like to sit like a vegetable on my couch watching TV and cuddling my two little dogs. Call me a Lark. Tweet Tweet!
I have quite a few clients who are the complete opposite. I get emails from them written at 2am in the morning. They call me late in the evening or even on the weekends. Sometimes I think they visualize me sitting at my computer for 24 hours a day sort of like Godaddy customer service. They want me to go to my computer and fix or add something to their website. I don’t think they realize that I’ve probably had a couple glasses of wine and could possibly be dangerous. Call them Night Owls. Hooooot!
It just sort of cracks me up.
I’ve thought about putting something on my email signature that says “I work office hours – the rest of the time I play.”
Psychology Today says that Owls are more intelligent that morning larks. (We all know that IQ doesn’t necessarily mean street smart)
People have different rhythms. Circadian rhythms.
Circadian rhythm is linked to the light-dark cycle. Me, I’m big on LIGHT!
Lark – Morning Chatty Owl – Morning Bearish
Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions. They have been linked to various sleep disorders, such as insomnia. Abnormal circadian rhythms have also been associated with obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast - Oscar Wilde Thanks Oscar!
Apparently larks and owls have normal circadian rhythms but their cycles differ. We still need the same amount of sleep – 7-8 hours a day. Getting out of your normal cycle can reek havoc on your brain. That’s why people who get assigned to night shifts can really have a hard time.
They say your partner should be on the same rhythm as you are. Uh oh. I’m in trouble. I go to bed at 11:30. He goes to bed at about 4am. Oh well, at least I get a head start on his snoring.
So for all of you busy sending emails to me in the black of night, just know, I’ll get to them at the break of dawn while you are crashed and burned.
If this sounds dumb it’s because I wrote it at 6:18pm half into my coma.
So who are you? A Lark? Or a Night Owl? Please feel free to leave a comment. I use the WordPress Comment Luv plugin. If you use it too, you can leave a link from YOUR website.